F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Charles Leclerc will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

At the start of F1’s new era with the ground-effect cars, Ferrari claimed the first honours with Leclerc’s pole for the Bahrain GP, secured on his final Q3 run by beating Max Verstappen by 0.123 seconds.

The Red Bull driver did prevent a Ferrari front-row lockout, with Carlos Sainz Jr slotting into third having held provisional pole during the first laps in the shootout session.

Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez secured fourth to leave Lewis Hamilton leading the Mercedes charge in fifth but 0.680s off Leclerc’s pole time.

George Russell endured a tough start to the 2022 F1 season as a Mercedes driver as he locked up at Turn 1 on his final Q3 run, leaving him to drop to ninth place.

Ex-Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was therefore able to vault his Alfa Romeo up to sixth place ahead of Kevin Magnussen in the Haas, as both teams surprised the midfield runners in qualifying.

Fernando Alonso secured eighth for Alpine to qualify directly ahead of Russell, as AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10.

Sebastian Vettel will miss the 2022 F1 opener after testing positive for COVID-19, with Aston Martin reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg coming in as a super-sub. The German qualified 17th, two places ahead of Lance Stroll.

Nico Hulkenberg, Aston Martin AMR22

Nico Hulkenberg, Aston Martin AMR22

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

When is the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix?

Date: Sunday 20th March 2022
Start time: 3:00pm GMT, 6:00pm local time

The first round of the 2022 F1 season, the Bahrain GP at the Bahrain International Circuit, gets underway at 6:00pm local time (3:00pm GMT) on Sunday 20th March.

How can I watch Formula 1?

In the United Kingdom, Formula 1 is only broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights shown on Channel 4 several hours after the race has finished. Live streaming through NOW is also available in the UK.

Sky Sports F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports channels and costs £20 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed through NOW with a one-off day payment of £11.98 or a membership of £33.99 per month.

Fans wanting to watch the race for free will have to wait until the evening of Saturday (qualifying) or Sunday (race) to see the highlights on Channel 4.

How can I watch the Bahrain GP?

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports will be live broadcasting the Bahrain GP, with the race shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Pre-race coverage will be starting on Sky Sports F1 at 1:30pm GMT and coverage on Sky Sports Main Event at 2:30pm GMT ahead of the race start at 3:00pm GMT.

Channels: Sky Sports F1 (Sky Sports Main Event)

Start time: 1:30pm GMT (2:30pm GMT), Sunday 20th March

Autosport will be running a live text coverage of the Bahrain GP here starting at 2:30pm GMT.

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

When can I watch the Bahrain GP highlights?

In the United Kingdom, Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of the Bahrain GP at 7:30pm GMT on Sunday. The full programme will run for two hours and 30 minutes, covering the pre-race, the race highlights and the initial post-race reaction to wrap up the major talking points of the race weekend.

For the entire 2022 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch-up services.

· Channel: Channel 4

· Start time: 7:30pm GMT, Sunday 20th March

Will the Bahrain GP be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2022 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra stations, the BBC Sounds app and via the BBC Sport website.

Live coverage of the Bahrain GP will start at 2:45pm GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and on the BBC Sounds app.

Weather forecast for the Bahrain GP

Current weather forecasts predict hot and dry conditions at the Bahrain International Circuit, with a very low chance of rain during the race. The temperature is expected to be 22 degrees Celsius for the start of the race.

How many laps is the Bahrain GP?

The race is scheduled to complete 57 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit, covering a total race distance of 308.238km.

Bahrain GP starting grid

Cla Driver Chassis Gap
1 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari  
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.123
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr Ferrari 0.129
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 0.363
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.680
6 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1.002
7 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.250
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1.637
9 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 1.658
10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.780
11 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1.224
12 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1.440
13 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1.450
14 Thailand Alex Albon Williams 2.106
15 China Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 2.985
16 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 2.192
17 Germany Nico Hulkenberg Aston Martin 2.219
18 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 2.387
19 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 2.474
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 3.076
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